icher college students will profit greater than poorer ones from modifications to subsequent 12 months’s GCSE and A-level exams designed to counter the consequences of the pandemic, a London headteacher warned at present.
David Benson, principal of Kensington Aldridge Academy, referred to as for particular consideration to be given for college kids from the poorest postcodes, as a result of they have been the toughest hit within the pandemic.
College students taking exams subsequent 12 months will obtain advance discover of some matters to allow them to focus their revision, and can be capable to take aids, equivalent to components sheets, into exams to cut back the quantity of data they should memorise. Exams will even be graded extra generously.
Mr Benson, who runs the college subsequent to Grenfell Tower, welcomed the modifications, saying they’ll scale back stress.
However he added: “They disproportionately profit college students from wealthier backgrounds, who will be capable to take advantage of the additional prompts.
“We want to see particular consideration for college kids from the poorest postcodes. They haven’t had the identical benefits as their wealthier friends, and deserve additional consideration — even when only one or two per cent. I don’t assume folks will begrudge these college students having a marginal increase, as everybody can see they’ve been hit hardest.”
Alun Ebenezer, head of Fulham Boys Faculty, the place among the richest and poorest boys in London examine alongside one another, agreed that extra socially disadvantaged college students have been tougher hit than higher off college students. However he mentioned he doesn’t need to see blanket particular consideration for all poorer pupils. He mentioned colleges ought to flag up youngsters who need assistance on a case-by-case foundation.
He mentioned: “What we now have seen on this pandemic is individuals who dwell in social deprivation don’t do in addition to people who find themselves properly off. So our precedence is to ensure they get the very best instructing and every thing they want.”
Dame Glenys Stacey, performing chief regulator at exams watchdog Ofqual, mentioned that differential misplaced studying between youngsters is the worst factor she has skilled in her profession.
She insisted that modifications to exams can be of “extra consolation” to probably the most deprived youngsters.